Pat Benatar : biography
Greatest hits collections
Best Shots (US #67) was first released in the UK in 1987, where it became Benatar’s biggest selling album in the UK, it reached #6 and achieved Gold sales status. The album was also a top 20 hit in Australia. In the US, it was released in November 1989. The US version consisted of 15 tracks on a single CD, including a live version of "Hell is for Children" with Suffer the Little Children intro, "Painted Desert" (from Tropico) and a remixed version of "Outlaw Blues" (also from Tropico). It would be another certified RIAA gold (later platinum) album. Best Shots was the only official greatest hits compilation until 1994 when All Fired Up: The Very Best of Pat Benatar was released (2 CD). The box set Synchronistic Wanderings (3 CD) was released in 1999.
Classic Masters was released in October 2002, and Pat Benatar Greatest Hits was released in June 2005 and peaked in the U.S. at #47. The most recent collection, Ultimate Collection (2 CD set) was released in June 2008 under the Capitol Records label with forty 24 bit-digitally remastered tracks. Ultimate Collection included the version of "Everytime I Fall Back" from her appearance on The Young and the Restless. In May 2011, the best of collection entitled "10 Great Songs" peaked at #123 on the album chart.
Although billed as a solo artist, Benatar recorded and toured with a consistent set of band members over most of her career, who contributed greatly to the writing and producing of songs and are recognizable characters on album photos and in many of her music videos.
- Neil "Spyder" Giraldo (incorrectly spelled as "Geraldo" in early liner notes/credits) is the lead guitarist of the band and has performed on all of Benatar’s albums. Born in Cleveland on December 29, 1955, Giraldo began playing the guitar at the age of six and learned to play the piano at age 12. Giraldo performed in Rick Derringer’s touring band before working with Benatar, appearing in a possible bootleg entitled Derringer Live At The Paradise Theater Boston, Massachusetts, July 7, 1978 (UPC 672627400428). Giraldo’s appearance on the video for Benatar’s "You Better Run" distinguished him and Scott Sheets as the first guitarists on MTV. The video, the second ever aired on MTV, followed The Buggles, who had no guitar player. In addition to playing lead guitar, Giraldo is credited with composing and producing much of Benatar’s work. Giraldo’s first outside production credit was on John Waite’s debut album Ignition. He has also given a helping musical hand to artists such as The Del-Lords, Rick Springfield, The Cruzados, and Kenny Loggins. In addition, Giraldo was the musical composer for the 2005 movie Smile starring Beau Bridges, Linda Hamilton, Sean Astin and directed by Jeffrey Kramer. The soundtrack features an original song by Giraldo and Scott Kempner of The Del-Lords, appearing as The Paradise Brothers, titled "Beautiful Something." Proceeds from the movie go to Operation Smile. The Paradise Brothers also contributed a cover of "Light Of Day" for a Bruce Springsteen Tribute album.
- Myron Grombacher, who played with Neil in Rick Derringer’s touring band, is drummer on nine of Benatar’s original albums and has numerous writing credits. Myron is easily recognizable in the music videos, particularly as the mad dentist in Get Nervous.
- Charlie Giordano performed keyboard duties on five albums, and is identifiable by his glasses and distinctive array of berets, blazers and 80s-style ties. In 2007, he replaced the late Danny Federici in the E Street Band.
- Mick Mahan is the band’s bassist and has performed with Benatar since 1995. The original bassist, Roger Capps, was replaced by Donnie Nossov on Tropico, and then later by Frank Linx.
- Chris Ralles is the band’s current drummer.
- Scott St. Clair Sheets (Scott Sheets) who was originally the lead guitarist of the infamous Seventies NYC band, The Brats, was an original member of the Pat Benatar Band. Sheets is credited as guitarist on the first 3 albums and first 3 world tours. He wrote the song "Prisoner of Love" for the Crimes of Passion album and co-wrote the hit "Fire and Ice" for the Precious Time album. Sheets left The Benatar Band and started the band, Perfect Stranger, with Werner Fritzing (Cactus), Ric Zivic (3D) and Glen Alexander Hamilton (original Benatar drummer). Sheets went on to produce and/or play guitar on albums by Lenny White (Tower of Power), Planet P, Michael Wynn, Minako and the Wildcats. Sheets also became a prolific songwriter, penning songs for Vanilla Fudge, King Kobra, Minako and the Wildcats (#1 hit in Japan) and in 2010 his song "Fly Me Away" was a top 10 contender for the American Idol Songwriters Contest. In 1997 Sheets released his solo album "st. Clair" that includes a remake of the hit "Fire and Ice". Sheets currently lives in Nashville.
- Glen Alexander Hamilton played drums on the first album.